There are times when discolorations in tooth enamel or physical imperfections on a tooth can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. When this happens, you can always turn to Dr. Ravi Aulakh and the specialists at his San Jose, California, clinic to find the most effective cosmetic dental restoration.
If multiple teeth have been affected by chips, mismatched fillings, or an unsightly discoloration of the tooth enamel, Dr. Ravi Aulakh might recommend a restoration with dental veneers. These are thin porcelain shells that fit over the faces of your teeth to improve your smile.
The special dental-grade porcelain can be shaded bright white to perfectly replicate the entire enamel layer of the unappealing tooth.
If one of your teeth suffers from a more significant imperfection or dental fracture, Dr. Ravi Aulakh might recommend a porcelain crown. This will completely replace the tooth-enamel layer in a shade of dental-grade porcelain that matches the dental veneers.
The restoration process commonly requires two separate appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain crown. The first step involves Dr. Ravi Aulakh using a drill to remove the tooth enamel to form an abutment. This will later serve to anchor the crown in your mouth.
Dr. Ravi Aulakh will make an impression of the abutment and any other teeth intended for dental veneers. This will be sent to a dental lab and the applicable dental work will be created.
A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it while you wait. You should keep in mind that the temporary crown is not a fully functional tooth; it’s only purpose is to protect the abutment.
You will need to return to Dr. Ravi Aulakh’s clinic for a brief second appointment once your porcelain crown and veneers are ready. The temporary crown will be carefully removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.
If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you should call 408-437-1111 to explore the cosmetic dental restorations offered by Dr. Ravi Aulakh.